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Lee2Sea Greenway Joining the Dots For Cork City and County

Over the past few months, I have gotten to know a fabulous bunch of people behind the Lee To Sea Greenway campaign and I was delighted to make a creative video to showcase their vision and to showcase the potential the Cork’s Lee to Sea Greenway has to transform Cork. You can check out our video below and see how the Lee To Sea Greenway will benefit work, leisure and play in Cork.

A vision to transform transport, tourism and leisure in Cork. The route aims to connect Ballincollig Regional Park, Lee Fields, City Centre, the Docklands and Marina, Mahon, Passage West, Carrigaline and Crosshaven. The Lee to Sea Greenway envisages a safe, accessible and enjoyable walking, jogging and cycling route linking the region’s neighbourhoods with the bustling city centre and county, peaceful countryside and tourist hotspots.

Committee member, Helen Guinan, stated that “The vision of the Lee to Sea is simply amazing. The video shows people how the greenway could enhance their lives in all sorts of ways, whether for leisure or for getting around.”

“Recent times have shown how important public green spaces and physical activity are for our physical and mental well-being.  There is a real hunger for this access, as seen in the success of the pedestrianised Marina, and in the thousands of people enjoying Ballincollig Regional Park.  Much of the route already exists and we need to join the dots, and also improve it to a world-class standard greenway” added Helen Guinan.

The Lee to Sea would multiply the returns on the €400 million investment in urban regeneration in Cork by providing attractive, zero-carbon transport options for residents and workers in the Docklands and city centre. 

“Big office blocks in town are being built with minimal parking. How are these thousands of people going to get to work? Public transport has an important role, but many people will find that walking and cycling are faster, more flexible, and more fun. Unlike public transport, their carbon and air pollutant emissions are essentially zero, and it will improve public health too.” commented Stephan Koch, former chair of Cork’s Transport and Mobility Forum.

“The route has incredible potential for transport because it puts schools, colleges, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and local services within easy reach of two hundred thousand people”, he added.

The Lee to Sea also aims to provide a leading attraction for Cork in the expanding tourism market. Cork has over 2,000 hotel beds right on the doorstep of the route. Additionally, it would connect major regional attractions and heritage, from all the city’s museums and galleries, and architecture, to the historical heritage in the Gunpowder Mills, Spike Island, and Camden-Fort Meagher, to name but a few.

The Lee to Sea Greenway aims to offer a greener and less congested city, along with providing the opportunity for a major tourism and economic boost. Connecting tourists to Cork, connecting staff to work and connecting the county to the city with the Lea to Sea Greenway. The Lee to Sea Greenway has it all! It’s time to make it happen.

Further information is available on the website lee2sea.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @Lee2Sea, using the hashtag #Lee2Sea

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